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School Hair Guidelines Spark Ferocious Debate

Many say Narvie Harris Elementary focused unfairly on black hairstyles
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2019 11:30 AM CDT
A screen capture of a report on the poster at Narvie Harris Elementary school in Decatur, Georgia.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – A Georgia elementary school is in the spotlight after putting up a poster showing "appropriate" and "inappropriate" hairstyles—all for black students, CNN reports. An image of the poster appeared on Facebook and sparked about 2,000 comments about dress codes, hair, and the possible racism of focusing on black students at Narvie Harris Elementary in Decatur. "It feels like it's discrimination. There are only black kids up there, and those are basic styles in the black community," says hairstylist Danay Wadlington, who posted the image Thursday after a Narvie Harris parent shared it with her. "It's something that needs to be talked about. The outrage, I think, is warranted." But there's more:

  • The school: Other commenters note that Narvie Harris is a theme school (something like a charter school) and is allowed to mandate dress code. And the student body is 95% black, per the New York Times.

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